DescriptionDavid Brearley Partly Printed Document Signed "David Brearley" and "Joseph Brearley," "M. Furman" as witness, one page, 7.75" x 13.25". Hunterdon County, New Jersey, December 6, 1785. In part, "Know all Men by these Presents, That we Joseph Brearley and David Brearley Esqrs of the County of Hunterdon are held and firmly bound unto William Livingston Esqr Governor of New Jersey in the Sum of Eight hundred Pounds Proclamation Money...The Condition of the above Obligation is such, That if the above-bound Joseph Brearley Administrator of all and singular of the Goods, Chattels and Credits of David Brearley Late of Maidenhead in the County of Hunterdon deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory, of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased...do well and truly administer according to Law...pursuant to the true Intent and Meaning of an Act of Parliament, made in the 22d and 23d Years of the Reign of King Charles II, entitled, An Act for settling Intestate Estates, shall limit and appoint. And if it shall hereafter appear, that any Last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased, and the Executor or Executors therein named, do exhibit the same into the said Prerogative Court, making Request to have it allowed and aproved [sic] accordingly...then the above Obligation to be void..." Docketed on verso with additional Manuscript Document Signed "Joseph Brearley," a sworn affidavit saying "that David Brearley within named died without a Will as far as he knows and as he verily belives [sic]." Born in Maidenhead, New Jersey, in 1703, David Brearley died in Trenton on October 4, 1785. His sons David and Joseph signed this document.
David Brearley, First Grand Master of Masons of New Jersey and one of only four signers of the Constitution never to have served in Congress. His autograph is rare in any form. This attractive document has been expertly silked on verso at edges and folds. Lightly stained, it is in fine condition.
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